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Ecology of infectious diseases grants awarded

" said Josh Rosenthal, program director at NIH's Fogarty International Center, which co-funded the research. The need for increased understanding is being driven by the increased pace of global change, society's greater global mobility and the threat of the deliberate release of disease organisms. By knowing how natural systems work, public health officials can recognize when an outbreak is unnatural. The recent outbreaks of West Nile Virus and SARS show how little is known about the ecology of infectious diseases.

This year's EID awards include studies of the ecology, dynamics and spatial spread of raccoon rabies in places such as Fairfax County, Virginia; the link between marine pathogens and molluscan shellfish; the effects of deforestation on the prevalence of blood-borne pathogens in African rainforest birds; ecological influences on rabies infections in bats; the epidemiological dynamics of cholera; and the eco-epidemiology of disease emergence in urban areas.


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Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation
15-Sep-2004


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